Tufa – Mono Lake 1
There’s something about a 760,000 year old, endorheic (no outlet to the sea), saline soda lake with calcium-carbonate spires known as tufa that pulls this photographer in…My iPhone was set for 4:00 am to make a morning capture of Mono Lake, but when I checked the weather it was 20°. I’m dedicated to my craft, but I knew there was no way I was getting out of my toasty sleeping bag until it warmed up. In early afternoon while walking the shoreline, I came upon this arched peninsula of tufa rock reflecting in the water. The water was pale and the reflection faint, but I knew that if I waited for the golden hour, magic would happen. The camera and tripod were locked down just as you see it in the image above allowing me to wait (while eating empanadas and drinking coconut juice) for the light. By 5:00 pm, this is how it looked, the water deep blue and the reflection almost as detailed as the actual tufa.
Nikon D810 DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 sec., ISO 64, exposure program: Manual Priority, shutter: Mup mode with Electronic Front-Curtain Shutter Release, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote, Induro Stealth CLT203 carbon fiber tripod, Induro PHQ1 Panhead, capture date and time: 10/21/2017, 5:54 pm, post processing: HDR 32-bit image file.